Episode 134: The Woman Who Saved the Temples
Guest: Lynne Olson
Sunday, February 26, 2023
This Week on History Happy Hour: She was a real-life Indiana Jones– an intrepid archeologist who outwitted the Gestapo in WWII, and went on to lead an extraordinary effort to save ancient Egyptian temples from the floodwaters of the Aswan Dam. “You don’t get anywhere without a fight, you know,” said Christiane Desroches Noblecort.” If I became a brawler, it was out of necessity.”
Chris and Rick welcome back author Lynne Olsen to discuss her new book: Empress of the Nile: The Daredevil Archaeologist Who Saved Egypt's Ancient Temples from Destruction. Meet the woman who had the courage to stand up to Egyptian President Abdel Nasser and French president Charles de Gaulle – with a surprise assist from Jackie Kennedy!
LYNNE OLSON is a New York Times bestselling author of nine books of history, many of which deal in some way with World War II. Titles include The Secret war of Madame Fourcade’s Secret War, Citizens of London, Last Hope Island, and Those Angry Days. She has been a consultant for the National World War II Museum in New Orleans and the United States Holocaust Memorial in Washington D.C. This is her second appearance on History Happy Hour.